The Sri lanka Press Council has made arrangements to have a commemorative ceremony to appreciate the immense service contributed to the media by veteran journalist D. B. Dhanapala. The ceremony will be held at the National Library and Documentation Service Board in Colombo on October 19 (Thursday).
Plans are afoot to issue a commemorative stamp in memory of Dhanapala on this day. The stamp will be launched by President Maithripala Sirisena. This segment of the event is scheduled at 11.00 am and will see the participation of Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Deputy Minister of Finance and Mass Media Lasantha Alagiyawanna.
The key note address titled “D.B. Dhanapala’s great service to journalism” will be delivered by Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa, the former Dean of the Mass Media Faculty of the Kelaniya University and a member of the Sri Lanka Press Council.
The key note address titled “D.B. Dhanapala’s great service to journalism” will be delivered by Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa, the former Dean of the Mass Media Faculty of the Kelaniya University
Dhanapala, who entered the field of journalism as an English journalist, helped develop journalism. His endeavouring efforts to expand the horizon of Sinhala journalism and provide accommodation for articles written in Sinhala in newspapers is remarkable.
He joined the journalism profession as a features editor of the “Ceylon Daily News and later played a prominent role to launch the Divaina newspaper.
He also served Kelaniya Sri Dharmaloka Vidyalaya as its principal.
The prime role in the process of issuing the commemorative stamp has been assigned by Sri Lanka Press Council to a diploma holder in Media studies and Journalism.
This event has been organised to create an awareness in young journalists regarding the services rendered towards journalism by the veteran journalist. The event will also serve to create a conducive environment so there is a proper culture in journalism, in the country.
The organizers of the event also hope that such functions will encourage young diploma holders in the field of journalism.